In Summary
  • The DP held a two-hour closed-door meeting with all the Jubilee candidates from Uasin Gishu, Nandi and Elgeyo-Marakwet.
  • Mr Ruto is said to have cautioned leaders from the region against making reckless remarks likely to breach peace.
  • The DP is also said to have used the opportunity to drum up support for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Deputy President William Ruto has warned Rift Valley leaders against making inciting remarks saying this could undermine Jubilee administration’s efforts to unite Kenyans.

On Tuesday night, the DP held a two-hour closed-door meeting with all the Jubilee candidates from Uasin Gishu, Nandi and Elgeyo-Marakwet counties at Boma Hotel in Eldoret Town where he spoke firmly against leaders fuelling tension in the region ahead of the August polls.

The meeting was called following remarks by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago and MPs Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) and Kapseret counterpart Oscar Sudi last Friday which were considered to be meant to incite people.

The three were reported to have threatened to ask their supporters to vote for the opposition if the Jubilee leaders did not speak openly against Mr Mandago’s fierce rival, Mr Bundotich Kiprotich Zedekiah Buzeki, an independent candidate.

CAUTIONED LEADERS

Mr Ruto is said to have cautioned leaders from the region against making reckless remarks likely to breach peace in the area ahead of the August 8 polls.

He is said to have been particular about the conduct of politicians from Uasin Gishu County.

“Leaders must be leaders in all aspects. We do not expect divisive remarks from any person calling themselves a leader. I come from Uasin Gishu and you must respect that. You cannot go around talking as if you are not leaders. You should be good examples,” the DP told them.

Sources who attended the meeting said the DP was not happy with the way some leaders were conducting themselves although he did not name anyone in particular.

“Uasin Gishu County being his home, the DP advised us to be careful with our statements as it may be considered his position. He stressed the need for us to work together for the good of the party irrespective of our ideological differences,” a source who attended the meeting told Nation.

Mr Ruto’s home is in Turbo Constituency in Uasin Gishu.

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